Top Ten Money Making Internet Affiliate Programs

by Joshua Duvauchelle

Online affiliate marketing involves an online marketer giving a customized link to a website owner or Internet publisher. The owner or publisher then promotes the link. When individuals click on the link and make a purchase, the owner or publisher receives a commission. Thus, affiliate programs give site owners and online content publishers a significant source of potential income. There are many affiliate programs available. Discover the top 10 Internet affiliate programs that are known for being trustworthy, paying on time and having a large bank of available affiliate offerings.

Commission Junction

Commission Junction is a ValueClick-owned affiliate company and one of the largest affiliate networks in the world. All affiliates and member sites are screened by the company's staff, helping to increase the quality of the overall network. Unlike most other affiliate programs, Commission Junction also posts average earnings per affiliate link so that marketers can choose the best-performing links to promote. Products and services from major global brands can be found within Commission Junction, including Starwood Hotels, Pacsun and Lending Tree. Commission Junction 530 East Montecito Street Santa Barbara, CA 93103 (800) 761-1072 cj.com

Clickbank

Clickbank's affiliate program specializes in online products and digital downloads such as electronic books. With more than 10,000 products available, online marketers and site publishers have a wide selection of links from which to choose to promote on their website. This program is best for those running niche sites that can capitalize off of Clickbank's industry-specific online products, such as e-books about making money on eHow or guides to making money on eBay. Clickbank Click Sales, Inc. 917 S. Lusk Street, Suite 200 Boise, ID 83706 (213) 403-0156‎ clickbank.com

Amazon Associates

As America's biggest Internet retailer with billions of dollars in annual revenue, Amazon's affiliate program offers site owners and marketers an exhaustive library of products to promote. Individuals earn up to 15 percent on sales generated through affiliate links. Links can direct users to a specific book or product, and site owners can publish dynamic banners and widgets that display products that change every time the web page is refreshed. Amazon, Inc. 605 5th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98104-3886 (866) 216-1072 associates.amazon.com

Linkshare

Created in the mid-'90s, Linkshare is one of the Internet's oldest affiliate programs. Marketers can choose to promote standard affiliate marketing, as well as niches such as search marketing. Search marketing involves promoting a link by buying ads on search engines such as Yahoo! or Google. Linkshare offers a wide range of recognized brands, including many Fortune 500 companies like American Express and Avon. Linkshare 215 Park Avenue South 9th Floor New York, NY 10003 (800) 875-5465 linkshare.com

Google Adsense

Though not typically perceived as an affiliate program, Google AdSense's network of advertisers include many affiliate programs that are designed to match the content on a website. Online marketers often opt to use Google AdSense due to the company's trusted status among readers and visitors. Ads are displayed by inserting code into a site, which then delivers ads from Google's servers. Google, Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043 (650) 253-0000 google.com/adsense

eBay Partner Network

As one of the most recognized online auction sites in the world, eBay offers an affiliate program that allows websites to promote specific auctions and earn a commission when individuals win an item. The list of products changes daily and includes enough variety to meet the needs and niches of most sites and companies. eBay Partner Network 2145 Hamilton Ave San Jose, CA 95125-5905 (408) 376-7400‎ ebaypartnernetwork.com

Azoogle Ads

The Azoogle affiliate network was founded in 2000. Azoogle places advertisements on social media websites such as Myspace and Facebook and does other kinds of e-marketing. Azoogle's relatively easy acceptance process makes it popular among smaller website owners that do not have the traffic required by larger affiliate programs such as Commission Junction. As of 2009, Azoogle has more than 40,000 individual affiliate markets in its network. Azoogle Ads 512 7th Avenue, 12th Floor New York, NY 10018 (866) 891-0300 azoogleads.com

Clickbooth

Clickbooth specializes in exclusive affiliate deals, meaning many of its affiliate networks and partnerships with retailers cannot be found on other affiliate programs. As of 2009, products in its affiliate bank include Gevalia, AOL and Blockbuster. This program is best for those who want a 100 percent fill-rate, meaning affiliate ads never display filler ads that do not generate income potential. Clickbooth 301 N Cattlemen Road Sarasota, FL 34232 (941) 483-4188 clickbooth.com

ShareASale

This affiliate program has consistently won affiliate marketing industry awards for its publisher-friendly policies and wide selection of merchants. The company is known for carefully screening its affiliates to ensure marketers don't find themselves accidentally promoting unscrupulous companies or adware manufacturers. Though smaller than most other affiliate networks, ShareASale has some of the industry's best customer service because of its smaller size. ShareASale 15 W. Hubbard, STE 200 Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 321-0487 shareasale.com

Private Affiliates

Some of your favorite websites, companies and products operate their own affiliate programs. Payout for independent programs typically occurs on a shorter timetable, and commission is often greater. Promoting a private affiliate program is best for those who are passionate about that specific brand or service, as well as those in small niches in which there is not enough interest in larger affiliate programs.

About the Author

Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.

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